luftmensch

Pronunciations

luftmensch (LUFT-mensh)

Definitions

  • n. "An impractical contemplative person having no definite business or income." (Merriam-Webster)

Example Sentences

  • "'Yiddish teacher' is a luftmentsh job," said the Yiddish professor.

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • לופֿטמענטש luftmentsh 'lit. man of the air, a person without a definite occupation or practical skills'

    • Who Uses This

      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      luftmentsh, luftmentsch, luft-mentsh

Notes

  • Plural luftmentschen / luftmentshn

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